After an incredibly climactic last few weeks of The National League; Eastleigh and Harrogate won the battle for the final two play-off places. With the latter now taking on Fylde who finished seven points above them.
These two finished fifth and sixth respectively in The National League with AFC Fylde coming in to this as the favourites at 2.0 with Harrogate the outsiders at 3.2. Neither have been in scintillating form in the past six matches and Harrogate in particular are incredibly lucky that the teams around them decided to stutter on the home stretch as just three wins from the previous 10 isn’t exactly what you’d consider play-off form. Fylde have faired slightly better; with four wins in their last six which comfortably secured their place in this fixture.
In their two meetings so far this season we saw a dull 0-0 draw and a 2-1 dramatic away win for Fylde which saw Daniel Rowe convert a penalty after Liam Kitching had been sent off in the 92nd minute. The neutrals will be hoping for a bit more of that as these two look to take the next step towards league football next season.
That 0-0 seemed a bit out of character for these two. Especially as that was at Mill Farm where Fylde have the best attacking record at home in the division. It’s the perfect match up for action as Harrogate have the best scoring record on the road.
Both sides rested players in their final games. Harrogate made eight changes for their final game against Wrexham and their was similar moves in the Fylde side but both managers are expected to recall their first team regulars.
That includes two of the leagues top hitmen. Danny Rowe leads the league scoring charts this season; bagging himself an impressive 27 goals which has meant he’s found the net every 149 minutes, an exceptional return in such a tough and arduous league. He’s the shortest odds for a goal, unsurprisingly. You can back Danny Rowe at 4.5 anytime or 2.3 first. For Harrogate their key threat is Jack Muldoon, the former Fylde forward has got 15 for the season and is priced at 7.0 first and 3.2 anytime.
Neither side have any fresh injury concerns and the hopes are high for both to live up to their pre match statistics relating to their goal scoring. I can’t look past Danny Rowe for a goal, he’s been exceptionally consistent and his finishing is second to none in the division, I would’ve expected him to be shorter than 2.3 anytime so that looks like excellent value.
The best home attack takes on the best away attack, with the winner taking all. Both sides know there is no second chances and I can see them both wanting to get on the front foot and attack early. Both teams to score is priced at 1.73 which looks like an excellent price given some of the goal scoring talent on display. Over 2.5 goals at 1.91 also looks like a good selection and is one that would’ve landed had you backed it when these two last met which was also at the same venue. For me, Fylde have that extra bit of quality, particularly in attack. They’re 1.57 to qualify for the next round and given that only Wrexham have won more home games than them, you’ve got to be leaning towards the hosts for a win.
Danny Rowe to score anytime @ 2.3
Both teams to score @ 1.73
AFC Fylde to qualify @ 1.57
AFC Fylde draw no bet @ 1.5